You have purchased a new puppy, and it is so exciting when you finally get to bring them home; but what should you be doing to help your puppy adjust and bond with you? It can feel overwhelming adding to your household with a new puppy, and making sure they adjust to your home. There are so many resources on the internet that researching this can feel overwhelming too. 

This blog will outline some quick adjustments and steps that you can take to help your new puppy adjust to your home, family and lifestyle. It isn’t just an adjustment for the puppy but for you and your household as well. 

It is important to note that a puppy’s temperament can affect how the transition goes as well. This is why temperament testing and evaluating is incredibly important; it gives you a window into that individual puppy’s personality and temperament, allowing you to gain an advantage in helping your new pup transition. 

What should I do before I bring my puppy home to prepare? 

Before you bring your new puppy home, you may need to prepare a few things at your house, to help get everything ready for your new puppy. Puppies can love to chew on things, so ensure that all cords, outlets of other objects that may cause harm to a puppy should they chew on it, are put up and blocked off. 

It can be a great idea to make sure you have a spot picked out where your pup will go potty. At Divine, we use Brilliant Pad’s indoors for our pups, until they have had all of their shots. (link to brilliant pad) This will help you to regulate the first few weeks of life with your new puppy, offering routine and regulation.

Before bringing your pup home, it is important to talk with your breeder, so that your home can be prepared with similar tools and set up; to help transition your new pup from their previous home where they were born, to their new home with you. This can include setting up a similar crate, playpen, bowls, potty area, and lickitystand, depending on what your breeder has set up for the pups. Find our recommended items here.

What to do when you bring your new puppy home? 

When you first bring your new puppy home, it is important to take them to their spaces in the house, like their bed, where their potty spot is, and introduce them to all of the family members. This allows the puppy to explore their new home, smell the scents, and start to familiarize themselves with their new home. 

It is recommended to stick to a regimented schedule when it comes to feeding, potty outings and positive verbal rewards when your new puppy is doing what they should. This helps forge a bond with your new pup that will strengthen overtime as they continue to grow. 

Being able to spend quality time with your new puppy is heavily recommended. The first few days your puppy is with you should be relaxed and calm; this will help them to build a relationship with you while adjusting to a new home, surroundings and people. Supervision is required, as new puppies will not know the boundaries of your home, nor do they have the training to follow your commands yet. 

Before any training is implemented it is incredibly important to bond with your puppy, using bonding techniques. This forges a relationship between your new pup and yourself which will create a better atmosphere for training. 

Conclusion

Bringing a new puppy home is an exciting time, filled with snuggles and laughter, but the adjustment period can take a little bit of time. This is why providing a calm and relaxing environment for the first few days is highly suggested. 

Spending quality time with your new puppy is very important, along with implementing a routine, boundaries and ensuring that your pup is supervised while they learn the boundaries. Realistically, each puppy will adjust in their own unique way. Patience is required when bringing a new puppy home, as well as understanding that there will be some hiccups along the way. Pups may have potty accidents, take to hiding, or whine; but with bonding exercises, patience and providing a similarly staged puppy area that mimics their previous home, you can help with the adjusting process of your puppy. 

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Ara Hughey
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